This is what the United States government doesn't want the world to see. This is the true face of American faith and empire. This is what happens when we let the war hawks have their way. People should be able to see the true face of the American military machine. We have a reason to be angry.
Side B was too mangled to bother uploading, so here is the first side of a killer industrial synth propulsive blur of early 80's ???? instrumentation that was acquired from the collection of Randy Yeates of Mnemonists/Biota. He does a gonzo muzak show on a community radio station in Fort Collins, KRFC 88.9 FM every Saturday night appropriately titled Excursions, which you can stream here. Everything from Don Ho to sci-fi soundtracks to acid prog and beyond is played on that show.
Little is known about this release. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Enjoy. These are cut-ups of recordings that Caitlin Philp graciously provided, at my personal request, of street musicians around the town in her small city of Qingyang in north-central China. I won't try to advertise this for the most part, these recordings exist as an online archive for an indefinite period.
Previous problems with the other two parts has been fixed. Sorry about the Rapidshare, but that's how it goes for now...
I've finished the first installment in a remix/sampling series under my own name. Chants into tape hiss nirvana, infinite saturation. A series of pictures and writings will accompany the five compositions. Influences include: Baiju and Coca-Cola, chinese markets, and cell phone promotions.
A CDR compilation is in the works to accompany a collection of drawings for Swan Lake 2. They will be available separately, and as a discounted package deal.
Sounds from Sharkiface, We, Budweiser Sprite, Eric Ostrowski, Frozen Body, Weak Sisters, Drowner, Moke Grotton, Red Squirrels, Spark Applied to Powder, Soup Purse, Regosphere, REDNECK(formerly Suicidal Tendons), Fletcher Pratt, Heat Wilson, Argumentix, Pulse Emitter, Householed, Toilet Humor, Tusco Terror, A Story of Rats, Dreamcatcher, Nova-Sak, and others to be announced.
Also, the job fell through, so I'm heading back to Colorado to work for the summer before returning for school in Portland this fall. Shows in Seattle this fall. Rumors are surfacing of a Christina the Hunn tour this summer on the west coast. Details to be announced in the next month.
If you can name the movie that this scene is taken from, you get a free Basement Tapes release.
Just started a new job in my new home of Portland. This week's job site was a 3 hour commute round-trip. Settling into my new home in the NE, and learning the neighborhood's nooks and crannies. Next post will feature more photos from around Portland.
After travels abroad, I'm back in the States and playing shows again. The next Sterile Garden performance is at Dunes in NE Portland with I Died, Hobby Knife, and Redneck(Suicidal Tendons) on April 2nd.
I'm also starting to work on the covers for some new Basement Tapes releases, including:
a split C10 between Fletcher Pratt www.myspace.com/midorirec and Heat Wilson www.myspace.com/heatwilsonny
The masters are finished for the Drowner/Sterile Garden split CDR as well, and will appear in an edition of 50 with screenprinted covers.
other releases down the line include a Skozey Fetisch/ Pigs in the Ground split, Swan Lake issue #2, and a CDR compilation.
Baozi is essentially steamed dumplings containing ground meat(usually pork) or vegetables. You dip them in a vinegar/ la jao sauce that is very spicy. They're served on the wicker baskets that they were steamed on. This was perhaps my favorite Chinese snack. Cheap, tasty and filling, they were the perfect complement to nights of swilling cheap 3.2 beers outside on a street corner, watching groups of men play dice games and shout things I didn't understand while dogs ran around looking for scraps to eat.
So our group of friends had a day in Jinghong where we drank a beer at one convenience store every block on our way back to our dingy hotels. China has convenient stores everywhere, usually at least 4-5 on a typical city block. Needless to say, within a few hours we were fairly trashed on Dali beers and starting to get hungry. We devised a system for scoring points in a game: smoking weed in front of a police officer was 100 points, taking a swim in the drainage ditch was 70, stealing a Chinese child was 120, eating pigs ears was 40, and so on... Being afraid of going to prison for smoking dirty Naxi ganja or getting a staff infection seemed too daunting for myself, and i don't want kids at this point in my life, so I chose pig ears. We went to the night market and found this stand that sold them roasted and flavored oh so delicately. They even sliced it up thin and put some cilantro on it. I got about a third of the way through eating mine when I began to feel sick. Perhaps the combination of cheap Chinese beers and swine cartilage isn't the best on a near-empty stomach. Parts of the ear were actually very tasty and not too tough. I can see why dogs enjoy these so much. Only in China!
I bought a can of this at the supermarket in Qingyang, thinking it might taste like PBR given the blue-ribbon and working-man's appeal of the farmer hoisting a cold one after working all day in the fields. Boy, was I wrong. This is the worst tasting-beer I've ever had.
These are one of the specialties of Qingyuang City, where my girlfriend teaches English at Long Dong University(Chinese men aren't well endowed, so this is a bit of a misnomer). A hearty dish of thick noodles surrounded by a delectable broth covered in heaps of cilantro and basil, with little chunks or thinly-sliced pieces of beef depending on which restaurant you get it at. Throw in a couple spoonfuls of lajiao(a Chinese spice that's in almost everything), and you have a party in your mouth. Yum.
The Perfect Mixed Drink: Coca-Cola and Spiced Baijiu
So over the course of this trip I developed a habit of drinking Coke everyday. I know, they're an awful multi-national corporation that gobbles up precious water reserves around the world, and its supposed to be really bad for you. Well, when you're in a country where all of the drinks are over-sweetened or flavored like corn or peas, you learn to appreciate a little corporate gut-rot. Baijiu is usually clear, about 58% alcohol content, and tastes like vodka mixed with floor cleaner. But its also really cheap, the equivalent of a dollar for a bottle that will get you soused in no time. I found that spiced baijiu is a lot more palatable, existing in the honorable family tree of brandy, whiskey, and scotch. It goes perfect with some Coca-Cola to take off the edge. I will miss you, spiced baijiu...
Just as tasty as regular Bugles, which for some reason I never see around in the States anymore. They don't really have the flavor of raw fish as much as seaweed. Chinese folks are huge fans of potato chips in general.
Being a huge fan of the tag-team of peanuts and chocolate, I'd have to say these are fucking good. The only drawback is that there are less than a dozen of the little things actually contained within the vacuum-inflated package. Ultraman is huge in China. Kids run around with Ultraman plastic masks on pretending to fight giant mutants that their mothers take the place of in their fertile imaginations.
Kind of like eating just the nori wrap from sushi that's been dried out by itself. I had an Asian classmate in 2nd grade who brought this to lunch almost everyday. I didn't like it back then, but i like it now. The texture is a mixture of rice paper and plastic wrap. Somehow, that works for me. There seems to be no added spice or salt, unlike many packaged Chinese snacks I've encountered during this trip. This sort of snack complements a bowl of won ton soup very well.
I can't rate this product on the same scale as the Mini-Crabs of the previous posting, as there's nothing weird or gag-inducing about this one. Absolutely delicious. I'm not a big fan of milk in a glass, but this reminds me of almond milk more than anything. It would only be better if China could produce a decent cookie to dunk in a glass of this delightful drink.
I actually made it through the first serving, or crab if you will, without gagging. With a scale of 1 being barely palatable and 5 inducing a fit of vomiting, I'd give this a 2. Subtle hints of MSG, red coloring, and a not-so-subtle crunch hit me right off. Unfortunately, upon second tasting, I only made through 2-3 seconds of trying to swallow bits of miniature sea-life which had been dead who knows how long before encountering an involuntary gag reflex and spitting the whole thing out into the trash can. So in retrospect, I'd have to give this a 4, since there was no disguising by artificial flavors what I was eating and I felt no will-power to try to force a third serving down my throat.